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Triple-Layer Peanut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

6 bars

These chocolaty bars Orlena Berry shares from Mustang, Oklahoma make a scrumptious noon-time treat or afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour until well combined (mixture will be crumbly).
  2. Press onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of an 8x4-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Cool.
  3. For filling, in a small saucepan, cook and stir the milk and butter over low heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts and vanilla. Spread evenly over crust.
  4. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand for a few minutes to soften, then spread over filling. Sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 326 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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